- Midwinter Madness race next Feb in Wigan
I know one of the organisers. 2 hour “race” for all categories shapes and sizes. Its going to use a bit more of the Haigh Hall estate than the midweek race to give a much longer lap down past the canal (if you know it). Bit of singletrack, fair bit of mud, couple of tricky descents and a couple of scrambles up muddy banks theres a couple of stretches of tarmac and footpath for a bit of respite too. Its also coming up to near the cafe/kids playground using some of the course that was used for the midweek madness race so any WAGs, kids, or other interested parties will get to watch the suffering in between fuelling up on coffee and cake. CX and MTB bikes welcome or for that matter anything you could class as a bicycle will be welcome.Posted 4 years ago
Apparently free hot sandwich from the cafe for pre entries too! Mate was telling me he’s just got to jump through some BC related hoops before entries go live on the BC website so give the twitter feed a follow to make sure you don’t miss out on a free butty!
Apparently there will also be kids races as well using the top section of the course.
Shame about Cannock being the same day but hey I know that free food is a winner for me.Posted 4 years ago
Seriously though Wigan council are mad keen for this and they asked for an event to be promoted there. If this is a success then hopefully it can lead to more races there. There’s loads of trails at haigh hall to potter round. I’m definitely going to be helping out marshalling and working on the course with them. Hopefully we can add a CX there next winter too, it would be a great venue for a rapha supercross style event
It’s good to see Wigan council wanting to help out with letting you have events/races there and a cross race next year would be great!! It all can only be good for the area and hopefully other council’s in other area’s will feel the same and either start or continue to support biking events/races in the North West for years to come.Posted 4 years ago
OK everyone entries have gone live on BC’s website
First come first served.Posted 4 years ago
We are now 1/3 full after just 2 days so if you are thinking about entering do it sooner rather than later. Again you dont have to be a BC member to ride you just need to register on the BC website which only takes a couple of minutes.Posted 4 years ago
I know this didnt get a big response on here but I just thought I’d say the event seemed to be a massive success, I think we surprised ourselves in what we achieved in just over 10 weeks from concept to race day.
We had over 150 entries and all the starters got to enjoy a 4 mile technical mudfest lap around Haigh Hall.
Lezyne Sponsored the event and gave us some great prizes, the results should be up on BC’s website soon.
Mens event was won by Nick Craig with Giles Drake battling him nearly all the way to the end. Dan Wells was an excellent 3rd Place.
The Womens race was won by Becky Preece who put in probably the most impressive ride of all on the day finishing in the top 15 overall. Second was Annie Simpson who wasnt far behing Becky until a heavy crash forced her to fall back. Emma Osenton was 3rd.
Massive respect to the people riding cross bikes on a course that probably suited MTB’s more and the guy on the fixed cross bike was just mental!
Thanks to the Marshals, Judges, all the helpers, Wigan Leisure for facilitating the use of Haigh Hall and organising the catering.
Thanks for all the riders for making it a great day.
We will be back, maybe sooner than you would expect with another event there so watch this space!
Oh and a massive thanks to Harry the Sider for the advice it proved invaluablePosted 4 years ago
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